Blog reader, Cassandra has sent me some photos of a pair of bikes rescued from the trash. She writes:
“Hey, just wanted to say your blog is great! My husband and I have just recently gotten into biking, and are really enjoying it. We just pulled a his and hers matching set from the trash. They are supercycle from Canadian tire, but I’m not sure on the year. The gear shifts are on the neck of the handle bars, maybe that will help? They are really cool bikes, I can email you pictures if you are interested in seeing them; I think they are a good find, but I don’t know much about vintage bicycles.”
Good job saving these from land fill.
It’s hard to tell from the photos but I think they’re Raleigh built bikes.
My only clue is the pedal style which Raleigh used in the early 70’s.
I have the same ones on a 1972 Raleigh Superbe. This style was a cost cutting measure as they don’t have bearings.
Supercycle, the house brand of Canadian Tire bought bikes from several suppliers over the years that they re-branded. CCM, Raleigh and Bridgestone all supplied bikes.
Also, look for a “Made in Canada” sticker at the bottom of the seat tube and look at the rear derailleur.
A closer look at the head badge reveals “Made in Canada”,
which probably means assembled in Canada.
This site, Disraeli Gears is a good resource to date your bike.
Anyone else care to weigh in these?
I wouldn’t spend too much $$ on these, but new tires and brake pads wouldn’t be too much and you can try polishing the chrome with some tin foil and water (this really works!).
Good luck and send me some “after” photos.